Woodland Park Farmers Market: Come for the Mountains, Stay for the Food

Woodland Park is a Colorado mountain town. Sitting at a lofty 8,400 ft beside Pikes Peak, known as ‘America’s Mountain’ for it’s mention in “America The Beautiful”, Woodland Park is natural playground of sorts with its many outdoor offerings. Woodland Park can be taken advantage of and enjoyed year round, and the same can be…

A Farewell Letter from Former FMC Board President, Bernadine Prince

  A Farewell Letter from Former FMC Board President, Bernadine Prince As I step down as president of the board of the Famers Market Coalition (FMC), I have reflected on the growth of FMC and the importance of its work on behalf of farmers markets and direct market farmers. In 2008, I was introduced to…

FMC Leadership Transitions

Bernadine Prince for has served on the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) Board of Directors for nearly 10 years, serving six of those years as President. FMC has flourished under her leadership, gratefully benefitting from her experience and expertise as a co-founder and director of DC’s incredible FRESHFARM Markets. Since retiring from FRESHFARM in the fall…

A heartfelt thank you from Executive Director Dru Montri, as she prepares to leave MIFMA for a new role

For those who want the full story, please read on. For those who like to skim, please scroll to the bottom for the succinct version. Dear MIFMA members, partners, colleagues, friends and family, During this time of year, I always try to carve out some time and space for gratitude. It’s not always easy to…

UT Workshops to Teach Farmers How to Keep Records for Value-Added Enterprises – Dec 12, 13, 14 & March 13, 14,15

Keeping good business records is critical for any value-added farm business, says Hal Pepper, Financial Analysis Specialist with University of Tennessee Extension. “Direct marketers, food processors and agritourism operators who keep good records are better able to analyze their costs and returns and evaluate market outlets.” In December of this year and March 2018, Pepper…

Missouri Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

The 2018 Missouri Farmers Market Association’s annual conference will be held January 19-20 in Jefferson City at Lincoln University.  Registration information and a tentative schedule can be found here: https://www.missourifarmersmarkets.org/events.html#!event/register/2018/1/19/2018-mfma-conference

WFMA Annual Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

The 2018 WFMA annual Fresh Fruit and Vegetable conference will be held on Monday, January 22 (all day) and Tuesday, January 23 (morning), at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Darlene Wolnik, FMC’s Senior Research Associate, will be presenting two sessions on data collection for markets: “Markets as Data Collectors” and “Making a Case…

Your Donations in Action!

We here at FMC are thankful for your generosity! Thanks to your donations, we were able to kick off the Farmer Fly-In Project last month, by sending Liz Whitehurst, owner of Owl’s Nest Farm, to speak with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Liz, a Maryland farmer (who was also recently featured in a Washington Post article about…

Kokomo Downtown Farmers Market: A Market on a Mission.

Kokomo, Indiana is known as “the City of Firsts”. It was in Kokomo that the first American automobile was commercially produced, the first pneumatic rubber tire, first carburetor, first stainless steel, first push button car radio, the first commercially-produced can of tomato juice, and first mechanical corn picker. Kokomo residents are proud of their city’s…

PickTN Conference in Chattanooga, TN – February 15-17, 2018

Pick This Conference To Grow Your Business February 15-17, 2018 • Chattanooga Marriott, Chattanooga, Tennessee Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in educational sessions, tradeshow and networking with producers from across the state. Join us on Friday, February 16th for our first ever all conference banquet that will join all 7 state associations for an…